The Houston Texans are without a doubt a franchise on the rise. From their inception in 2000, leading up to last season which saw Houston make their first playoff appearance in franchise history, there are plenty of reasons to argue that Houston is on the verge of becoming one of the NFL's elite. But after Sunday night's primetime 42-24 loss to the Green Bay Packers, a game in which Houston looked heavily overmatched, the faith of many believers has been shaken. At the beginning of the season, many critics had Houston representing the AFC in the Super Bowl; have we overrated the Houston Texans?
2011 was a great year for the Houston Texans. With the addition of defenseive coordinator Wade Phillips and Wisconsin pass rusher extrordinaire J.J. Watt, Houston's improved defensive unit finished 2nd in the league in total defense, and finished 2nd in the league in rushing yards per game. 2012 got off to a great start as well as Houston opened up the season on a five-game win streak before their Sunday Night Football loss, but looking back, have yet to beat a team with a winning record.